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Carter must go

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, November 28th, 2010 - 84 comments
Categories: corruption, religion - Tags: , ,

Agriculture Minister David Carter has been exposed abusing his ministerial powers to protect the trade interests of his private investments. Earlier this year, Carter banned Jewish religious slaughtering practices because of perceived risks to the meat trade with Muslim nations after being briefed by companies he owns that take part in the trade.

The issue was this: both Jewish and Muslim religious practice requires animals that are about to be slaughtered for food to be prayed over and have their necks slit. In an exemption from normal practice, New Zealand has dispensation from some Muslim clerics to stun the animals before halal slaughter. No such exemption exists for animals killed under shechita, the Jewish rules (nothing in this post should be taken as defending shechita or halal, it’s about rule of law).

As I understand it, most of the meat produced in New Zealand is slaughtered according to halal because its easier that way for the meat producers sending meat to the large Muslim markets. In contrast, just 2,000 chickens and 300 sheep a year are slaughtered for the small observant Jewish population.

The right of the Jewish community to continue its practice had been affirmed numerous times in the past decade on human rights grounds.

Meat exporters feared that if Muslim importers became aware that Jews were being allowed to slaughter animals without stunning them while Muslims were being required to make an exemption to their rules and allow stunning, they would perceive it as special treatment for Jews over Muslims and refuse to buy New Zealand meat. This had not happened in all the time the meat exporters had been raising their concerns but still they were worried.

Then along came the new minister, David Carter, who just so happens to own shares in Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group, both of which export halal meat to the Muslim market and “a 1200ha cattle breeding property in Teddington, a fattening unit at Southbridge and shares in a property in Waiau.” The meat exporters, including ones he part owns, lobbied him on the issue of banning schechita to protect the halal trade.

What Carter should have done when considering the issue of shechita slaughter is say ‘well, I’ve got major financial interests in one of the parties that has skin in this game. There is no way I can make a decision without a perception that my personal interests have coloured my judgment. I have a conflict of interest’. He should have then passed the issue on to his associate minister.

But he didn’t.

Instead, he handled the issue himself and decided to ban shectita.

To compound the conflict of interest, in making his decision Carter broke the rules. The law around animal slaughtering does not allow the minister to consider trade implications. Carter was only allows to consider animal welfare in making his decision. Yet the paper trial clearly shows that Carter did consider trade implications. Not only did he have a conflict of interest that should have barred him from making a decision in the first place, when it came to making the decision, Carter broke the rules to take special note of the consequences for companies he owns.

I’m going to say that again because it’s very important: in making his decision, Carter broke the law and the conflict of interest rules by considering the business implications for companies that he has a financial interest in.

What followed was the Jewish community taking a judicial review of Carter’s decision (where a court decides if the decision was made according to the rules). It appears Carter had lost one case and was about to lose another when he suddenly agreed to drop the ban on shechita. Crown Law won’t say how much the taxpayer has spent trying to defend Carter’s corruption.

I don’t see how a minister who acts with a clear conflict of interest to make a decision that advantages his personal financial interests and breaks the law to do so can be allowed to remain in office.

John Key, according to the report, is ‘relaxed’.

84 comments on “Carter must go”

  1. ianmac 1

    “It is the Opposition’s job to catch us and not our Minister’s job to be ethical or open to scrutiny. If we do get caught out, the Boss says just say sorry for getting caught and cover up the error,” said the spokesman for the Minister. :)
    Weren’t there questions about the Minister possible conflict of interest in relation to irrigation in North Canterbury?

  2. nilats 2

    Must be hard for you guys here to stick up for the Jews since they are the elite. I don’t think this is a big deal in the scheme of things. A few thousand beasts. For that amount of beasts I think the Kosher should be carried out by smaller boutique slaughter houses, it will cost more but it is a value added service that is being requested so they will pay the price.

    • Marty G 2.1

      it doesn’t matter which religions or other groups are involved.

    • Kaplan 2.2

      I think you just exposed your own prejudicial thinking process a bit too much there nilats.

    • I don’t think this is a big deal in the scheme of things. A few thousand beasts.

      I’ve never quite understood how one can be guilty of manslaughter or murder or assault by harming just one human, yet those who torture animals for either their own sadistic pleasure, their profit margins, or some archaic ritual allegedly promulgated by their particular Imaginary Friend, tend to have their actions evaluated at least partly on how many victims are involved.

      I’m not implying human and animal life are equal, of course – or I’d be calling for imprisonment of everyone who worked at an abbatoir, and for supermarkets to be charged as accessories. What I am saying is that causing unnecessary fear, pain and suffering to one animal is a serious matter, deserving of punishment in and of itself. More than one simply means the offender deserves greater punishment, IMO.

      And those involved in ritual slaughter puzzle me – they seem like cowards. The rules requiring the practice were written at the same time as the advice that, if you really wanted to impress your Imaginary Friend, you’d sacrifice your first born, never mind some helpless goat or cow. Isn’t it about time you manned up and did what’s really being asked of you, rather than hoping the blood of enough animals will appease Him?

      As for David Carter… words fail me. I’ve come to expect deceit and self-interest from politcians. But to have clearly no thought whatsoever for animal welfare, so much so that you’re happy to use it as a bargaining chip for commercial advantage… well you’ve just hit a new low.

      • QoT 2.3.1

        Be fair, Rex. You’d only have to sacrifice your firstborn if the dude in the sky said so because he was testing if you reeeeeeeeally loved him. (/respectsreligionbutdoesnotgetthatfuckingstory)

  3. KJT 3

    These are all sideshows. What about the total conflict of interest when a stooge of the people, who are ruining us, is bought (AS in paid for) into power as Prime Minister.

    We are going to see another bailout of finance company insider traders shortly to prop up the system advocated by a charismatic talking head.

    As someone said. Successful countries are buying up infrastructure and resources and investing in training for the future. The unsuccessful, like us, have NACT standards and bank bailouts.

  4. Bill 4

    If his decision was to be guided by considerations of (cough, cough) animal welfare, then I can’t see where the conflict of interest comes in if conflict of interest is gauged according to financial considerations.

    Jeez. Then I read the post again and the point you had been kind enough to repeat in bold.

  5. ghostwhowalksnz 5

    A worry too is he is using Crown Law to bully the journalist into not writing the article and using court confidentiality to cover his arse

    Fulstow (Crown Law) contacted the Herald on Sunday on Friday to warn against printing material relating to the court case.
    Fulstow said she was calling to warn about a confidentiality order at the urging of Carter’s lawyer.
    The call came within minutes of questions from the Herald on Sunday to Carter’s ministerial office

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      That’s good, hopefully Carter will add fuck up upon fuck up just like Wong and the NZ Herald journalists will finally figure out what this Govt is about.

      • ianmac 5.1.1

        You would hope that even the Herald would react to not printing order/request, by printing as they have done, though no outrage, yet.Of course there is only one week of Parliament left when I suppose Carter will be elsewhere and not available to answer questions.

        • Jum 5.1.1.1

          Maybe the mps of this government should be kept tabs on during the next couple of months. If they can get away with this criminal behaviour in full public view and with a toady press just what can they get away with out of public view.

  6. JM 6

    It is outrageous that taxpayers money has been wasted defending this minister’s appalling decision whilst a small community has had to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting for their basic human rights because of it. How many other decisions has he made to protect his own interests which are going to cost us in the future? He needs to go now.

    • KJT 6.1

      Why is it a basic human right to be cruel to animals, or people, because of any form of sky fairy fruit -cakery.

      Oh. I forgot. It is OK to treat Palestinians like cattle because they are not Jewish.

      Or to bomb Afghanis because they are not Christian.

      • Marty G 6.1.1

        not really on topic. The particular ethnic/religious groups involved is incidental.

        • KJT 6.1.1.1

          Trying to make the point that any religious group should not be able to use their beliefs as an excuse for cruelty.

          Carter is just one of many dishonest politicians. But this piece of dis-honesty is insignificant compared with other things they are doing.

          • Redbaron77 6.1.1.1.1

            The treatment of the Palestinian’s by Israel has no relationship with the New Zealand Jewish community’s right to prepare kosher meats locally..

      • Steve 6.1.2

        KJT, not sure Palestinian cattle could ever be ‘kosher’. They’re too busy being offered up to the Palestinian sky fairy fruit cakery by Afghani Christians whilst blowing themselves up as freedom fighters in P lab restaurants owned by MP David Carter. I suspect you feed at the same trough strictly reserved for anti-Semitic, pig swilling, blood drinking cretaceous boorish oafs. So if NZ now seems too kosher for you, then get on a plane, loaded with ‘suicide bombers’ and leave.

      • dAp 6.1.3

        Its a basic human right to be able to practice your religion whatever that may be .

        If there is shown a valid scientific and ethicall argument that jewish ritual slaughter is significantly crueler than stunning which so far hasn’t been established and would be very difficult to establish then there would perhaps be some merit to placing such a ban – however even then you would have to adress the issues of homkill and hunting regulations etc otherwise you are simply targeting minority groups and turning a blind eye to the rest – called prejudice – Ps you might want to also reconsider your staments re palestinians and jews and Afganis they are equally as uninformed and pathetic.

        • KJT 6.1.3.1

          I don’t much like hunting, battery chickens or some homekill methods either (Thats why some of us were running around dressed up as chickens outside Kentucky fried not long ago)..
          Using religion to justify cruelty should not be part of a civilized society. Freedom of religion does not extend to bypassing laws against cruelty toward people or animals. Should we allow female circumcision also, because there is an equally valid freedom of religion argument for that.

          The human right to freedom of religion stops against other human and animal rights to live free from cruelty.

          • Stef 6.1.3.1.1

            Shechita has long been regarded as a humane method of slaughtering. Let\’s face it, there’s no nice way to kill a sentient being but slitting its arteries and windpipe in one quick go with a razor sharp blade is pretty darn quick and painless. Unless you think a metal bolt in slammed into the front of the head is better a la modern methods. I’ve got an idea: why doesn’t KJT try out both methods and let us know which he prefers? On second thoughts, a metal bolt through his head probably wouldn\’t result in a significant difference to his conscious state.

        • Jum 6.1.3.2

          dAp

          KJT has a very good point.

          Practising religion sometimes involves taking a 5 year old girl to see an old woman (don’t you just love how women continue to attack their own so the girl will get a husband later) who with a rusty razor blade hacks off the fleshy parts that supposedly give women pleasure, and/or to stop these parts growing into a penis apparently, then she sews them together except for a tiny hole for peeing out of and menstruating from which when the girl is married off will be split open by her new husband. That’s if he still wants her when the smell of unhealed sores from leaking urine and blood hits him. Often the girls die before then, which may be a blessing. Even if done in a hospital, that doesn’t make it all right.

          But then, it’s not about religion at all really. And we can’t be sure it doesn’t happen here, either.

          One day, they say it will stop, people will evolve past these savage rituals, but somehow I doubt it. Not while the cruel parts of religion and superstition hold sway. Not while women are seen as less than men, both here and in other countries.

          • Stef 6.1.3.2.1

            Are you equating female genital mutilation with kosher slaughtering of animals? Are you insane? Oh wait, you think that KJT has a good point so you maybe you are…

            • Jum 6.1.3.2.1.1

              Stef Please apply your own “4. There are some serious arseholes commenting on this post” to your insane assertion that I was ‘equating female genital mutilation with kosher slaughtering of animals’.
              Read KJT properly: “Freedom of religion does not extend to bypassing laws against cruelty toward people or animals. Should we allow female circumcision also, because there is an equally valid freedom of religion argument for that.” and my reply:
              “But then, it’s not about religion at all really. And we can’t be sure it doesn’t happen here, either.

              One day, they say it will stop, people will evolve past these savage rituals, but somehow I doubt it. Not while the cruel parts of religion and superstition hold sway. Not while women are seen as less than men, both here and in other countries.”

              Arsehole.

              The jury is still out on your other assertions too.

              Stef 25
              2 December 2010 at 11:15 am

              1. Shechita is no less humane than ‘modern’ methods of slaughter
              2. Jewish religious tradition has for thousands of years take the issue of animal welfare seriously
              3. There is NO praying over an animal when it is slaughtered according to Jewish methods
              4. There are some serious arseholes commenting on this post.

              It amazes me how intolerant people are about religion’s place in today’s society when others seek to question them in an objective way, i.e. just wanting to debate. E.g. finally the Pope allows his followers to consider using condoms to avoid Aids. It was a modern decision to fight a modern problem. Yet for so long he allowed people who through religious and male traditions fell victim to sexually transmitted diseases to die. Why? To increase the worldwide Catholic population? Probably. But he rethought his position when he discovered too many were dying…

  7. Sanctuary 7

    This sort of lazy cronyism and low-level corruption is becoming the dominant trait of this government. The ministers of this government behave with a cavalier indifference toward norms of good government and constantly seek to blur the difference be private business and public office.

    Key and his elite cronyists seem to think the NEw Zealand state exists to be used and looted for their benefit.

  8. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    Tell me again why we have an exemption from animal cruelty regulations for religious practice ?
    As the point in contention only seems to relate to the stunning of the animal before cutting the throat
    Islam allows it while Judaism doesnt.

    we have rules about conflict of interest for ministers who are making decisions
    National allows it

  9. Jum 9

    captcha: nasty

    That bast*d – but what can you expect from the devilspawn of Pondscum Inc. The face of the water is calm and ‘relaxed’ but underneath is spawning misogyny, greed and a Mexican lifestyle for 80% of Kiwis.

    Every time I see Carter’s face, it reminds me of Richard Nixon. Corrupt.

    Next he’ll be pushing for live sheep exports. He has done nothing about improving the lives of pigs or chickens. New Zealanders are only as fine a people as their treatment towards their most vulnerable creatures – children and animals.

    New Zealand does not deserve credence internationally as a worthy country to live in. Pointing out we are better than some other countries means nothing. We know better. Some countries don’t.

    A 21 year old told me that animals are the ones to fight for now. New Zealanders can’t think outside of their greed and if governments won’t fight for their animals to be well treated right to the end, and that includes all avenues like stunning, I am inclined to agree. This is New Zealand and the rights of our vulnerable are more important than religious rites. All creatures to be killed for eating should be stunned before the savagery of slitting their throats commences. The slaughterhouses breed fear in the animals and any rules that can make these places more sensitive to that should be made law.

    No country or religion has the right to control our animal welfare code. The fact it seems to exposes the greed, cowardice and corruption in New Zealand.

    In Britain, a couple of decades ago there was a major investigation into a killing field meatworks after an undercover reporter discovered that in order to make more money (workers were paid per animal slaughtered) they were slaughtering without stunning, which saved a few seconds. The bosses turned a blind eye because of their profit markup. So much for humans evolving. The 21 year old is probably right. Start with the animal welfare and work your way up. Trouble is the cretins in charge of this world are even greedier than the rest and they are in control, at present. The Capitalist/psychopath comparison is so true.

    Greed will often turn a blind eye in any industry that makes money from increasing output.

    Sack Carter, not just for this corruption but for all his corrupt activities and his total disregard for animal welfare.
    Key knows Carter is corrupt if he is not following the law about conflict of interest.
    Key knows Wong is corrupt if she is not following the law about use of taxpayers funds.
    Key knows Key is corrupt if he covers up, and he has covered up his own greed and conflict of interest just as Nixon did.

    Nasty Pondscum Inc. Nats. If the Act, Maori and United Future sidekicks don’t call on the government to kick out David Carter they are just as guilty.

  10. uroskin 10

    It’s not just the (desert) stone age cruelty to animals that needs banning – halal and shechita both – but also the knifing of male newborns. The Coalition of the Circumcised has more in common than it is ready to admit.

  11. pete 11

    Touching naivety from DPF:

    I don’t think the issue is he had shares in an agricultural company, and there is no way at all he would have been motivated by how it personally affects him (he is very rich). The issue for me is having the trade issues involved at all.

    • Jum 11.1

      Someone said just because you’re rich doesn’t mean you couldn’t be richer, more successful, have more power. It’s an addiction like everything else when it has taken your whole being to achieve it, you don’t just stop. That also is the hallmark of the capitalist psychopath.

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        Exactly FFS, for starters how exactly does he think these people got “very rich” in the first place if not by taking commercial advantage everywhere it can be taken?

  12. BLiP 12

    Good work by The Herald!

  13. Tigger 13

    I assume Key will send him off to the cupboard under the stairs, where Pansy Wong is already hiding, for a few weeks until this blows over so Carter can emerge, blinking into the light but without any serious reprimand…

    • Jim Nald 13.1

      Another Nat Minister/MP about to go into exile.
      Not to worry. Even at this rate, there should be enough countries to host the whole donkey cabinet .. or make that, caucus.

      Oh, just read Granny Herald and seems that Dan Carter’s shakey boot is signalling this shonkey government might go to the polls before the RWC.

      • Zorr 13.1.1

        I have always said that they would. Why rely on a situation that is out of your control and relies on the ABs performing at their highest standard over a period of weeks against the rest of the best. Not going to happen and they will be calling that election early.

        • Jim Nald 13.1.1.1

          With the worms coming out and about to come out some more from the woodwork, it’d be better for NACTs to go for an early election, with or without the RWC factor.

          Some of my astrologically inclined Asian friends are saying NZ has been hit with too many bad news under Key and the country should have a go at a new govt to shift the vibes sooner rather than later. Hah.

  14. Irascible 14

    This is, in Key’s mind, the second wrong making his policies right.
    How many more examples of corruption does it need for the trial by media to really begin in New Zealand??? It must take a lot when it comes to NACT as the Labour govt was on such a trial over crosby-textor generated “issues” as “paintergate” and “light bulbgate”.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Trial br MSM doesn’t happen to the National Party as the MSM is owned by the National Party and their rich mates.

  15. MrSmith 15

    Key to spin doctors. Carters in trouble what have we got.

    Spin doctors. Well can’t do another mine disaster like for Wong , how about we play the race card where’s Don .

  16. MrSmith 16

    John: Great that worked well for us last time didn’t it ? hang on Don I think last time you spoke there it cost us the election.

  17. bobo 17

    someone with a better memory than me might recall not long into nationals term they sounded the idea of resuming live exports as an option i wonder if it might be related to this?
    30 March, 2009 4:00 AM Negotiations to resume exports of live sheep for slaughter are continuing but Agriculture Minister David Carter says a ban will remain unless they meet the highest welfare standards.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 17.1

      The live sheep exports arent a winner for any businesses Carter owns.

      The companies like Silver Fern are opposed to live sheep exports, since they cut into their market share and also drive up the prices for sheep in NZ ( good for the farmer but not good for those exporting lamb meat)

      Dont expect him to change any time soon, as he ‘so concerned about the welfare’

      • bobo 17.1.1

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/2287062/Live-sheep-exports-to-resume

        “There’s a particular breed of sheep Saudi Arabia was interested in obtaining,” Mr Carter said.

        “If we can provide the security and safety around the arrangement with the Saudi Arabian government, I see it as being another opportunity.”


        Maybe the breed isn’t the sort that would directly effect carters own business interests as such.. but the deal at the time if it went through could have had some influence over his other dealings in saudi arabia if that makes sense? The idea was always a no go as it would have caused wide outrage but maybe he had to air the idea to show who ever was lobbying him..

  18. Treetop 18

    Maybe Key will resuffle the cabinet in the New Year, this would be a solution to the conflicts of interest regarding some cabinet ministers who are either very disliked or who need to be sorted out. Pansy Wong is another matter altogether.

  19. my thoughts 19

    Carter must go for ignoring the human rights of a minority group, for corruption and for stupidity. Most Muslim countries don’t accept stunned killed meat as properly halal. So there goes Carter’s big market. Both Halal and Kosher slaughter of meat should be permitted- they are more humane than stunning. Have you ever had a short electric shock?Compare that with a cut. The electric shock is far more painful and the animal is still conscious when its killed.

    • Jum 19.1

      Greens where are you? Do you agree with ‘my thoughts’ about stunning being less humane than stepping up and slitting throats?

      • toad 19.1.1

        I am a Green and a supporter of animal rights, and smell a nasty stink here.

        Carter was supposedly concerned enough about the suffering of chickens in the last minute or so of their lives to ban shechita killing, but is still quite happy to continue to allow them to spend all their lives to that stage suffering while being jammed up together in battery cages, unable to walk, and pecking the feathers off each other.

        I call bullshit. I call hypocrisy. And I call corruption.

        Of course it was the trade implications that motivated his decision. The fact that he hasn’t goven a shit about any other aspect of animal welfare during his tenure as Minsiter would lend weight to that.

        And the fact that he was briefed on it by his own company and then used that briefing in making his decision makes it look downright corrupt.

        Time for Carter to take the Wong road and resign, methinks.

        That good enough for you Jum?

        • Jum 19.1.1.1

          I agree with your post Toad but the poster ‘my thoughts’ has stated that stunning is less humane than just moving the animals through and cutting their throats. I think otherwise. What do you think? Why would the western countries be stunning their animals if it was less humane. I don’t get that. Stunning puts the animal into a subconscious state and therefore feels nothing – surely.

          I’d like Carter to take a walk on meat row so he can get the feel of the fear.

    • Draco T Bastard 19.2

      got proof that the animal is still conscious and can still feel pain?

      • Zorr 19.2.1

        Can we test the pain level of electric shock with the pain of having your throat cut on you “my thoughts” because somehow I doubt you have personal experience of either. You could scrawl down how you are feeling when your throat is cut in your own blood because if it doesn’t hurt that much you should still be cognizant enough to give the rest of us insight.

        • clandestino 19.2.1.1

          As far as I see the Jewish practice of throat cutting without stunning is inhumane and should be outlawed. They should practice their barbaric ‘cultural’ rite by buying homekill like many other new zealanders do. It’s actually a magnanimous backdown by muslims to accept halal meat killed through stunning rather than cut throats. Only an imbecile would think there was more pain this way.
          As for whether we call this ‘corrupt’, I would hazard a guess most people would see it as a good thing so…who cares?
          The point about exporters being worried we are contradicting ourselves is a valid one….why on earth does it matter that carter has skin in the game? he has money to invest! he wants NZ companies – and the one he’s got something in – to grow, the halal game is much bigger than a few odd jews here and there complaining they can’t torture an animal before it dies. it’s not like there are kosher competitors out there shit.

          • Marty G 19.2.1.1.1

            “The point about exporters being worried we are contradicting ourselves is a valid one”

            No, it’s not. It is illegal for the minister to consider trade implications when deciding animal welfare rules.

            And, Carter compounded that by making the decision when he had a conflict of interest because of his shareholdings in concerned parties.

  20. Santi 20

    Yes, DC should go voluntarily. Otherwise, JK should sack him.

  21. Tanz 21

    Like Labour’s Carter? You need to put first names in the post title, to avoid confusion. Am I allowed an opinion here?

    • Zorr 21.1

      You are allowed an opinion. I just wouldn’t expect it to be given much weight or creedence.

      • Tanz 21.1.1

        And yours are?

        • Zorr 21.1.1.1

          –shrug– In this case I don’t actually believe my opinion is that important. It is an issue that further highlights the inadequacies of the current government but other than that I don’t really hold an opinion on this one.

          All the animal rights activists probably enjoy jumping over the fact that it is ultimately to do with “kosher” preparation of meat and the trade implications around that. With the fact that the animals are stunned before being slaughtered in order to prepare them for sale to Muslim markets, I have no issue with that. The fact that meat is prepared in order to please the Jewish population in a way that is inhumane is disturbing to me. However the slaughter of the animal is just the end point for it – I feel a greater issue is more to do with battery hens and sow crates that put the animals in incredibly disgusting conditions for the entirety of their lives. Compared to that, having your throat slit unstunned must be more of a release from hell than anything else.

          • Stef 21.1.1.1.1

            On what do you base your statement that shechita is inhumane? Jewish religious tradition imposes an obligation on animal handlers and slaughterers to treat animals humanely, to avoid any unnecessary suffering. I really can’t see how the proper practice of shechita can be any less humane than the ‘modern’ methods of stunning etc.

  22. Santi 22

    The crooks David Carter and Pansy Wong have been exposed and caught. This dishonest pair should resign immediately.

    • Tanz 22.1

      Pansy Wong is a good player in the House, she speaks from the heart, and has done nothing that other MPs haven’t done, English with his housing rorts, Chris Carter and Hide, with their travel perks, etc. Big deal. Stop whipping her through the mud. If she must resign, how come Key lets her stay in Caucus?

      • Zorr 22.1.1

        Please name the other MPs and their specific abuse of the travel perk system? I doubt they will rival Pansy’s abuses that break very specific rules and mix her roles as both an MP and a government minister in with her partners private business interests. This is not to say that they are “better” but that Pansy is the low lying fruit of a rotten bunch.

        • Tanz 22.1.1.1

          Hello. Sigh. I have named the MPs, and the media has reported widely on their abuses of perks. And that’s the ones we know about. What an inflated sense of entitlement our politicians often have! Bet they never had to survive on the minimum wage, etc…

          • Zorr 22.1.1.1.1

            I know you named them but unless you actually have something to add to their personal lists of transgressions that we are aware of then none of them rival Pansy in their abuse of the perk system. At the end of the day, she put herself in this situation and she only has herself to blame.

            A lot of the issue here is the hypocrisy. If the Nats had come in saying “Look NZ, be prepared for the ride of your life because we’re here in the Enitlement-mobile and are going to abuse you until you wish the cows would come home”. However, Jonkey came in promising increased accountability and a more prudent government when it came to the abuses. Not only has he failed on being accountable for his own minister’s actions, his government is currently doing their best to better any previous records for levels of corruptness and blatant stupidity. My ass hurts and I wasn’t one of the people wanting to sign up for bending over.

            • ianmac 22.1.1.1.1.1

              Tanz. What crime did Chris Carter commit? He travelled a lot but it was legal? Can you help me there?

              • Colonial Viper

                Usual Tanz sideshow, abuse of miscellaneous perks by some Labour MP is supposed to be in the same league as a Minister of the Crown misusing their official powers for personal/business financial gain.

              • Tanz

                Yes, his travel holidays were legal, but in poor taste, with an emphasis on travel lots, while you can. Ask the boss, Phul, he was not happy with the sheer volume of Carter’s trips, anyway!

                • ianmac

                  How would you class Bill English’s double-dip Tanz? Was he more or less culpable than Chris Carter, or in this case with David Carter who, like Wong, has actually appeared to act unlawfully?

  23. Steve 23

    Shechitah pre-dates all other forms of meat processing. Over thousands of years the technique to ensure that the animal does not suffer has been studied and perfected beyond the ‘stunning’ process. Stunning still leaves the animal completely conscious and aware of what is happening and they do not die instantaneously. Shechitah is the process used to ensure that at all times the animal and the process including the ‘shochet’ is kosher. It is not a sacrifice or a slaughter as is down currently with non kosher kills. There are no magical utterances dedicating the animal to a deity.
    Carter used taxpayers money to commit a fraud. He abused his position of power to turn on a minority group of NZ citizens who have lived here for more than 180 years so he could sell them out and make a buck off them.
    Shame on you clandestino for supporting such treachery and thinking that being non kosher could ever be kosher.

  24. graham 24

    You townies amaze me with your ignorance
    both silver fern(ppcs) and alliance are co-ops which farmers have to be shareholders in order to supply
    the old max shareholding for ppcs was 10 k but i think it was increased a couple of years ago to 15k
    that is less than two hundred lambs
    So Every sheep farmer in new zealand is involved with a company in some way in this country sorry this wont fly just another beat up by fools

    • ianmac 24.1

      But if you use your position as Minister to advantage your shareholding against the protocols and against the law, surely this is different from Farmer Brown, shareholder?

      • insider 24.1.1

        But if most farmers are shareholders, they are all similarly affected aren’t they? So, doesn’t a decision that favours one favour the industry as a whole?

        You could argue that the MoA should not be a farmer because, the way the indsutry is structured with a number of co-ops, he is far too likely to be conflicted somewhere along the way.

        • graham 24.1.1.1

          spot on insider
          Farmer politics means that carter is trying to help the whole sheep industry not himself i cant see why you guys dont get that
          what next ban any ex union member from voteing on employment matters
          to think that owning a few ppcs shares means he is corrupt is laughable

          • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.1.1

            Apparently now Carter giving a Ministerial hand up to his own share portfolio is OK because OTHER company shareholders would also benefit!

            LOLZ you guys, so do you really think corruption is OK as long as the goodies are shared around enough?

            to think that owning a few ppcs shares means he is corrupt is laughable

            Whoops maybe you do. There goes Key’s pre-election promise of an ethical and transparent NAT Govt.

            • graham 24.1.1.1.1.1

              So the union movment was involeing the labour party in corruption under helen clark
              They gave money to labour to change laws they didnt like which they got a montry gain from

              I repeat clare grow up

      • graham 24.1.2

        they are all stakeholders of the industry
        every suppler of a co-op has to have shares. In the south alliance and ppcs must control 95% of the killing space(may be out by a fraction)
        Believe it or not not evey thing a tory farmer does is about self interest
        What he would do is put the interest of the industry first so that everyone benifits

        • Colonial Viper 24.1.2.1

          As I said above:

          LOLZ you guys, so do you really think corruption is OK as long as the goodies are shared around enough?

          • grumpy 24.1.2.1.1

            graham makes a very good point. Another point is why do we have these barbaric slaughter methods in the first place, why not just tell the halal and shechitah demanders to either buy our humanely killed products or FO?

            • graham 24.1.2.1.1.1

              For money

              personaly i am with you on that one grumpy
              but i am a ex sheep farmer who now milks cows so it isnt fair for me to sand bag the sheep industry

          • graham 24.1.2.1.2

            Do you know what the biggest joke is though do you think a 10 k investment in a co-op is worth being corrupt over
            i mean that would be less than a days production for me
            or less than a weeks interest on my loan
            only a bennie would think 10k is alot of money

  25. Stef 25

    1. Shechita is no less humane than ‘modern’ methods of slaughter
    2. Jewish religious tradition has for thousands of years take the issue of animal welfare seriously
    3. There is NO praying over an animal when it is slaughtered according to Jewish methods
    4. There are some serious arseholes commenting on this post

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    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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